Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tree Structures

Have you heard this before?

Q: When is the best time to plant a tree?
A: Twenty years ago. The next best time is today!

A new project in Milan, Italy, envisions creating a two story structure out of 10 flowering cherry trees…and it will take 60 years to “build!” Probably not something most of us would be willing to attempt in our own gardens, but what fun it would be to watch people interact with it as it grows in girth, presence and function. An allĂ©e of espaliered apple trees, a secret garden teepee made from trellised vining vegetables for kids, or gothic beech arches are possibilities within reach for the urban yard. Be imaginative. Plants are very often willing to play along.

Courtesy of Al’s Garden Center.
For how-to instructions, click here.


  1. We have a living willow arbor and it's only taken about 5 years to fill in nicely. It isn't yet as strong as we'd like it to be, but I really recommend attempting these projects if you have the patience.

  2. I can't even imagine how beautiful its going to be in 60 years. Who knows what could happen in those 60?

    -Tony Salmeron